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The Tranquil Way | How would you want to die?

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Many of us are afraid to think about dying, but some embrace our mortality as we all know death is inevitable. Only persons who commit suicide get to choose how they go, but what if we could all could choose? what would be your choice?

A former British Medical Journal editor created quite a stir recently when he suggested that cancer was the best way to exit this life. He based this on a number of factors. He thought that the idea of dying from cancer was quite "romantic". You could put your house in order, complete your 'bucket list', and say good bye to family and friends.

He also said that one should not be overly aggressive about cancer treatment as this would worsen quality of life without curing it. he said that the pain of cancer could be controlled with medication. However, there were many who disagreed with him as many suffered greatly from cancer before dying.

I don't think there would be many who would want to die from a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident or violent murder. Most persons that die this way are in the prime of their life and are quite unprepared for death. This would also apply to their families. They may be the breadwinner and their death may leave their families in a precarious financial position.

There are also probably very few persons who would want to die from HIV/AIDS. This is probably due to the stigma that is still attached to the condition. Persons may think that you were homosexual or sexually promiscuous and were being punished for your sins, so to speak.


most persons would probably choose to die in their sleep from an 'acceptable' illness. This could be a heart attack or a stroke. The problem with dying in this manner is that it is usually sudden, and you, friends, and family would be unprepared. But the upside is that there would be no pain or suffering.

Dying by suicide is probably the most traumatic for the family and friends and can leave them with long-term emotional scars, which, at times, may even encourage others in their circle to follow the same path.

So how would you prefer to go? Would you like to know ahead of time? Would you tell your family? When all is said and done, it's best to be prepared at all times.